Newcomb, Danforth

Danforth Newcomb

Of Counsel
Danforth Newcomb’s practice includes a wide variety of civil, administrative, and complex criminal cases. He also leads internal investigations and advises on compliance programs in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and former Eastern Bloc countries. The 2013 edition of Chambers USA named him a Senior Statesman among the Leading FCPA Experts and Main Justice, a leading news publication on criminal defense matters, in 2013 recognized him as an FCPA Master. He also represents financial institutions in disputes and regulatory proceedings and advises clients on anti-money laundering, economic sanctions and sovereign immunity matters.

Selected Experience

Mr. Newcomb founded the anti-corruption practice at Shearman & Sterling. He is approved by the United Nations as an expert on ethics and compliance and served as a Department of Justice and SEC sanctioned FCPA compliance monitor. His recent FCPA engagements include: Nokia in a multi-jurisdictional anti-corruption review arising out of the Siemens AG matter, AB Volvo in DOJ and SEC proceedings arising out of the Oil For Food Program, ABB in SEC and DOJ cases, and various parties in SEC/DOJ investigations related to Norsk Hydro/Statoil, Titan Corporation, Daimler Chrysler AG, the Bonny Island Nigeria matter, Faro Technologies, Inc. and Oil States International, Inc. His foreign anti-corruption experience began in 1976 with an SEC mandated investigation that was a precursor for the FCPA. He also obtained an early (81-1) FCPA Review Procedure Release from the DOJ that is the foundation for present day third party due diligence practices. Mr. Newcomb is a member of the Board of Advisers to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Reporter and founding editor of the FCPA Digest.


  • Publications include “Digest of FCPA Cases,” The United States chapter in Neate and Godfrey: Bank Confidentiality, Fifth Edition, “Policing Trans-Border Fraud,” “The View from the Bridge,” “U.S. Forfeiture of International Bank Deposits,” and “Waiving Bank Secrecy in the U.S.”


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1968
  • University of Vermont, B.A., 1965


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